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Teacher Tale ‘Ms. Bixby’s Last Day’ in the Works as Movie

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Teacher story “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day” is in development as a feature film with Gunpowder & Sky and Walden Media.

Gunpowder & Sky announced Thursday that it has acquired the rights to the novel “Ms. Bixby’s Last Day,” written by John David Anderson. The adapted script has been penned by the writing team of Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark.

“I don’t have a sentimental bone in my body, yet we all remember teachers — who have had an impact on us. Ms. Bixby is an homage to those teachers who make our family, school and life feel okay,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “Walden Media has a long tradition of producing great adaptations of children’s books such as ‘Wonder’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,’ so we knew they were the perfect partner for this story.”

The story centers on a trio of students
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Gunpowder & Sky And Walden Media To Adapt Children’s Novel ‘Ms. Bixby’s Last Day’

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Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the rights to John David Anderson’s popular children’s novel Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. The studio will partner with Walden Media to adapt the book into the feature film with Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark writing the screenplay.

The story follows the heartwarming story of the last day of the titular Ms. Bixby, a one-of-a-kind teacher who makes students feel like school is somehow worthwhile. When she unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year due to illness, her students Topher, Brand, and Steve come up with a risky plan—more of a quest, really—to give Ms. Bixby a day she deserves.

“I don’t have a sentimental bone in my body, yet we all remember teachers – who have had an impact on us,” said Van Toffler, CEO, Gunpowder & Sky.
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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #55. Rick Alverson – The Mountain

There are a slew of festival preemed goodies in Her Smell, Birds of Passage, Donnybrook, High Life, Gloria Bell, Fistful of Dirt and even Errol MorrisAmerican Dharma that could break in Sundance’s Spotlight section, but we’re most convinced about Rick Alverson receiving a homecoming at a fest that has supported his latest work and would be the Us premiere for the uphill psychological climb that is The Mountain. Featured in competition at the Venice Film Festival (here is our sit down with the filmmaker) and next to no international screenings since, Alverson has shown both 2012’s The Comedy and 2015’s Entertainment in Park City.…
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Silas Howard to Direct Lgbtq-Focused Horror Film ‘Moonshadow’ for Gunpowder & Sky

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Silas Howard to Direct Lgbtq-Focused Horror Film ‘Moonshadow’ for Gunpowder & Sky
A Kid Like Jake” director Silas Howard will direct an Lgbtq-focused horror film “Moonshadow” for Gunpowder & Sky, the content studio announced Monday.

Gunpower & Sky will partner with Yomyomf and Nonetheless Productions to develop the film. Ernesto Foronda (“Better Luck Tomorrow”) and Daniel Foerster wrote the screenplay for “Moonshadow,” which was inspired by Daniel Foerster’s own experience with Lgbtq conversation therapy. The film will chronicle a transgender teen who is sent to a science-based conversation camp, where he quickly learns the youth are being transformed into something non-human.

“With a battle over transgender rights playing out on the national stage, and as a member and advocate of the trans community, I feel it is critical to be a part of the conversation,” said Howard. “The current generation of young people is living with entirely new expectations about gender and sexuality, and ‘Moonshadow’ is for them.”

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"Pose Director Silas Howard To Helm LGTBQ Horror 'Moonshadow'

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Exclusive: Up and coming award-winning filmmaker Silas Howard has been tapped to direct Moonshadow, the forthcoming LGTBQ horror about gay conversion therapy. Gunpowder & Sky and Justin Lin’s digital production company Yomyomf have partnered for the film along with Ki Jin Kim and Giulia Caruso’s Nonetheless Productions.

Howard is known as a co-executive producer and director on Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking FX series Pose as well as being the first trans director for Transparent. He also directed the drama A Kid Like Jake starring Claire Danes, Jim Parsons, Octavia Spencer, Priyanka Chopra, and Transparent actress Amy Landecker. The film debuted earlier this year at Sundance and was distributed by IFC Films in June.

Moonshadow is written by Ernesto Foronda (Better Luck Tomorrow) and Daniel Foerste. The film was inspired by Foerste’s own experience with Lgbtq conversion therapy and chronicles a transgender teen who is sent to a science-based
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Robin Williams’ Daughter to Develop New Series on BDSM for Gunpowder & Sky

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Robin Williams’ Daughter to Develop New Series on BDSM for Gunpowder & Sky
Gunpowder & Sky has partnered with Zelda Williams to develop her short film Shrimp, which premiered this year at the Tribeca TV Festival, into a weekly half-hour series.

Written, directed, produced by and starring Williams, who is Robin Williams’ daughter, the show will chronicle the lives of people who work and play in a Los Angeles bondage discipline sadism and masochism (BDSM) dens. The series will also star Conor Leslie (“The Man in the High Castle”), Paulina Singer (“Dead of Summer”), Frances Fisher (“The Edge of Night”), Jake Abel (“Supernatural”), Jacob Zachar (“Greek”), and Danielle Campbell (“StarStruck”).

“We were really drawn to ‘Shrimp’ because Zelda was able to take a generally taboo topic, turn it on its head and tap into the day-to-day happenings of the dominatrix community and tell their story in an authentic way,” said Van Toffler, CEO of Gunpowder & Sky. “At Gunpowder & Sky, we’re constantly looking
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AFI Sidebars Spotlight New Voices, Emerging Talent

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AFI Sidebars Spotlight New Voices, Emerging Talent
Looking for the next Alfonso Cuarón, Dee Rees or Damien Chazelle? AFI Fest’s New Auteurs and American Independents sections are the place to discover them.

Comprising 18 films, this year’s New Auteurs program features a diverse mix from around the world including China, Germany and India, with 11 female and seven male up-and-coming directors in the mix. Meanwhile, the American Independents section features 11 narratives and documentaries — five of which are directed by women.

According to AFI Fest director of programming Lane Kneedler, both sections are a showcase for emerging filmmakers, some of whom have a

few films under their belts, and display a diversity of storytelling styles and modes.

“What we really see as a part of our programming mandate is to support filmmakers who are taking their first tentative steps into their careers and still establishing their aesthetic,” Kneedler says. “Being there with these filmmakers early in their careers
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Geneva Film Festival Moves With the Times

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When Emmanuel Cuenod came on board the Geneva Intl. Film Festival in 2013, he took the reins of a markedly different event than the one about to unfurl Nov. 2-10.

For one thing, the festival went by a different name. At its inception in 1995, the festival was known as Tous Ecrans — French for “All Screens.” Always a platform for both feature films and television productions of all stripes, the festival has since moved to include digital offerings, Virtual/Augmented Reality content and live events in recent years, befitting a change in name, if not identity.

Last year, it officially became the Geneva Intl. Film Festival – Giff for short – in a rebrand that spoke to executive/artistic director Cuenod’s view of the industry and his festival’s role within it.

The industry, he felt, was undergoing significant changes. “Today,” explains Cuenod, “the word film has a broader definition.” Whereas the festival
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‘Swamp Thing’: Virginia Madsen Cast As Maria Sunderland In DC Universe Series

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‘Swamp Thing’: Virginia Madsen Cast As Maria Sunderland In DC Universe Series
Exclusive: Virginia Madsen is set as a key series regular opposite Crystal Reed in Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming drama series based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The project, which hails from James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television, is set to premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe digital subscription service.

Written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane (Reed) as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Madsen will play Maria Sunderland, who traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland (not yet cast), but Avery’s life-time obsession with the
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Arrow Nabs ‘Lords of Chaos’ for U.K., Black Metal Movie Set for Early 2019 U.S. Release (Exclusive)

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Arrow Films has acquired U.K. rights to the black metal movie “Lords of Chaos” ahead of its British premiere at the London Film Festival next week. Gunpowder & Sky did the U.K. deal and has also now set a first-quarter 2019 U.S. release for the picture, which launched to acclaim at the Sundance Festival this year.

Jonas Åkerlund’s movie is centered on Norway’s brutal black metal scene in the 1990s and the band Mayhem. A sequence of events leads to church burnings, suicide and murder. Swedish film and music-video director Åkerlund helmed the film and wrote the screenplay. It is based on the book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind.

The movie stars Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer and Sky Ferreira, alongside Valter Skarsgård and Jon Øigarden. The film went down well at Sundance: “Hail Åkerlund!,” Variety said in its review. “The
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2018 American Film Fest in Wrocław: Alverson, Guadagnino, Denis & Ross Perry Among Selections

Highlighting some of the best American indie offerings of 2018 from Sundance to Cannes and more recent offerings from Tiff and Venice, the ninth edition of the American Film Fest in Wrocław will be opening with Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and closing with Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers. Taking place between October 23rd and the 28th, there are 88 feature-length films and naturally the Us in progress industry event will once again feature about a half dozen (look for the announcement shortly) indie pics that we’ll likely see in 2019.

The 2018 edition comes with your usual number of heavyweights films with us earmarking Venice Film Fest selections in Rick Alverson’s The Mountain (cast will be on hand to present the film) and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria and Tiff’s Platform/Nyff preemed Her Smell by Alex Ross Perry and Claire DenisHigh Life.…

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'The Biggest Little Farm', 'Ray & Liz', 'Dead Pigs' unveiled by AFI Fest

'The Biggest Little Farm', 'Ray & Liz', 'Dead Pigs' unveiled by AFI Fest
Line-up includes The Chambermaid, Rafiki.

The Biggest Little Farm, Ray & Liz, and Dead Pigs are among the New Auteurs and American Independents sections unveiled on Thursday (4) by top brass AFI Fest presented by Audi.

New Auteurs comprises 18 films, 12 of which are directed by women, and include Lila AvilésThe Chambermaid (La Camarista), Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs, and Wanuri Kahiu’s Rafiki, Richard Billingham’s Ray & Liz, and Hajooj Kuka’s Akasha.

The American Independents section champions 10 selections – half of which are directed by women – from new and returning filmmakers. The films include John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm,
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Elisabeth Moss Drama ‘Her Smell’ Nabbed by Gunpowder & Sky

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Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the domestic rights to Alex Ross Perry’s drama “Her Smell,” starring Elisabeth Moss as a tormented punk rock singer.

The deal was announced Thursday following the film’s sold out screenings on the opening weekend of the 56th New York Film Festival. “Her Smell” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is planned for a theatrical release in 2019, followed by an awards push for Moss.

Moss stars as Becky Something, a maniacally destructive punk rock star and leader of the seminal all-female rock band Something She, who pushes her relationships with bandmates, family, and followers to the limit as she wages a years-long war against sobriety, while attempting to re-engage the creativity that had once led her band to massive crossover success. The cast also includes Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Amber Heard, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Virginia Madsen,
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Elisabeth Moss Drama ‘Her Smell’ Lands at Gunpowder & Sky

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Gunpowder & Sky has acquired the domestic rights to Alex Ross Perry’s “Her Smell” starring Elisabeth Moss, the content studio announced Thursday.

The punk rock epic also stars Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz and Amber Heard.

The film, marking the third collaboration between Moss and Perry, chronicles the fall and rise of a ’90s riot grrrl. It had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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Gunpowder & Sky is planning a theatrical release in 2019, followed by an awards push for Moss.

Her Smell” was produced by Bow and Arrow Entertainment and Faliro House Productions. Producers include Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Adam Piotrowicz, Perry and Moss. Christos V. Konstantakopoulos executive produced.

“I am so intensely proud of this film and of everyone involved who
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Elisabeth Moss’ ‘Her Smell’ Acquired By Gunpowder & Sky For 2019 Bow

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Gunpowder & Sky has acquired domestic rights to Her Smell, the punk-rock tie-up written and directed by Alex Ross Perry and starring Elisabeth Moss. The pic, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, just had its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. Gunpowder & Sky now plans a 2019 release with an awards push for Moss.

The film, the third collaboration of Perry and Moss, centers on her Becky Something, a ’90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio, but who crashes down to earth into the harsh realities of mid-life. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. The narrative is told across five scenes that span 10 years

Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Amber Heard, Gayle Rankin,
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Elisabeth Moss punk drama 'Her Smell' lands at Gunpowder & Sky

Distributor plans 2019 theatrical release with awards push.

Los Angeles-based Gunpowder & Sky has picked up Us rights to Her Smell starring Elisabeth Moss hot on the heels of the Us premiere at the 56th New York Film Festival last weekend.

Alex Ross Perry’s film received its world premiere at Tiff last month and charts the fall and rise of a 1990’s riot grrrl. It marks the third collaboration between Moss and Perry after Queen Of Earth and Listen Up Philip.

Gunpowder & Sky plan a 2019 theatrical release and awards push for Moss as the fictional once-great punk rock star Becky
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Toronto: Elisabeth Moss Punk Rock Drama 'Her Smell' Nabbed by Gunpowder & Sky

Toronto: Elisabeth Moss Punk Rock Drama 'Her Smell' Nabbed by Gunpowder & Sky
Van Toffler’s Gunpowder & Sky has acquired domestic rights to Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, the punk-rock ode chronicling the fall and rise of a ’90s riot grrrl played by Emmy-winning actress Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men).

The film marks the third collaboration between Moss and Perry, whose credits include Listen Up Philip and Queen of Earth. The deal comes on the heels of the pic’s opening-weekend screening at the New York Film Festival and follows its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Co-founded by Floris Bauer, Gunpowder & Sky is planning a theatrical release ...
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Rushes. Orson Welles's and Dennis Hopper's Last Movies, "A Star Is Born" Music Video, Asteroid Cinema

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSIdo Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker (1953).The United States Library of Congress has announced a significant update to their free screening platform, National Screening Room, with hundreds of films—ranging from historic documents of turn-of-century American life to Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker. At this point we're well documented admirers of Paul W.S. Anderson's cinema, which is why we were thrilled to hear that Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, and T.I. have joined Milla Jovovich in the cast for his latest video game adaptation: Capcom's Monster Hunter. The Chinese-Taiwanese annual Golden Horse awards have announced this year's nominations, which include Zhang Yimou's Shadow, Hu Bo's An Elephant Sitting Still, Bi Gan's A Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Pema Tseden's Jinpa, amongst many others.Recommended VIEWINGOne of the longest running, most compelling American film
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‘Her Smell’ Review: Alex Ross Perry’s Elisabeth Moss-Starring Punk Movie Smacks of Greatness [Nyff]

‘Her Smell’ Review: Alex Ross Perry’s Elisabeth Moss-Starring Punk Movie Smacks of Greatness [Nyff]
We see Elisabeth Moss’ punk musician Becky Something rock out on stage before we ever hear her talk or watch her terrorize her entourage. It’s a simple yet important introductory gesture from writer/director Alex Ross Perry to kick off Her Smell. The song establishes the character’s performative flair prior to launching headfirst into the maelstrom […]

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Nyff Review: ‘Her Smell’ Captures a Downward Spiral with Intoxicating Lucidity

Distinct from musicals, music biopics, and documentaries, fiction films about the challenges faced by musicians in practicing their craft have been around since the earliest days of cinema. From The Jazz Singer and A Star Is Born to recent releases such as Not Fade Away and Inside Llewyn Davis, the tribulations of musicianship have long fascinated filmmakers and audiences alike. Although these struggles are typically emphasized for dramatic purposes, rarely is the viewer subjected to the downward spiral of one of these artists for the overwhelming majority of the runtime, let alone with such intoxicating lucidity; a feat that Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell accomplishes with flying colors.

Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is the frontwoman of Something She, a famous indie rock trio in the vein of iconic riot grrrl groups like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. It becomes immediately apparent that Becky has almost completely lost her grip on reality,
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